||KORE's foray into the bicycle industry began in the late eighties as a contract manufacturer of bicycle parts in California. KORE's first signature part was the Thrashguard. In 1993, production of Thrashguards and seat posts had reached the point where it became feasible to "inKOREporate" and open an office in Southern California. KORE's offerings grew to include the first suspension-oriented lightweight skewers and a lightweight stem. By 1995 the offerings had grown to include two product levels: Elite which were American made products, and the Lite series, an assortment of components made in Taiwan. As Taiwan manufacturing prowess became more sophisticated, KORE moved more items there until today where 100% of KORE products are produced in what has become simply the best place to make bicycle components in the world.
Two cycling enthusiasts (Martin and Charlie Kurke) at Coast West Manufacturing in El Segundo, California begin producing CNC components for the bicycle industry.
Bob Morales, founder of Dyno Products and Auburn Cycles, creates the Thrashguard under the KORE Products name.
The Kurke brothers create a new lightweight seat post for mountain biking and file for a patent. In late 92 the Kurke brothers meet with Bob Morales and Jimmy Simeone and together they create KORE Bicycle Components.
KORE opens an office in Northridge, California and later receive the patent for the seat post. KORE's first line of components included the welded 6061 Lite Post and the first skewers designed for suspension forks.
KORE add the Aheadlite stem to the product line and later moves to a small warehouse in Fountain Valley, California.
KORE receives a patent for the Aheadlite stem. The skewers split into two models, Elite and Suspension. The seat post also split into two models, Elite and Lite.
KORE moves some production to Taiwan and expands the line. New US products include the Elite stem that includes Headshok sizes and the Elite mountain bar produced by Easton. New Taiwan produced products include a chromoly version of the Suspension skewers, G.A.S.S. clipless pedals and the Chain Reactor. KORE drops the welded post design in favor of a new bonded post. The new models are the Lite Post 2 and the US made Elite Post 2. KORE does a special run of thermoplastic mountain bars. KORE re-enters the freestyle BMX market with Street and Flatland forks, Rusty and Flatland pegs. Towards the end of the year KORE stops the production of 1 1⁄4" Aheadlite stems. Towards the end of the year, KORE moves to a larger facility in Santa Ana, California.
KORE receives a patent for the Elite stem. KORE introduces the Lite 3 stem, the Lite mountain bar, the welded Torsion rise bar, changes the tubing on the Lite Post 2 from 6061 to 2014, and changes the name of the Aheadlite stem to Lite. KORE tests and then releases in late 97 the US made, fully machined B52 stem.
KORE begins testing of the lighter weight Elite Torsion handlebar
And introduces the Lite Road stem, the freestyle CandyBar, freecoaster cogs, their first forged stem, the Lite 3D and the Elite Speed Rims. Changes to the line include moving the top two bolts on the Lite 3 stem to the front and dropping production of both the 1" Lite stem and 1 1⁄4" Elite stem. Towards the end of the year, KORE stops production of the Torsion bar.
KORE introduces a 40mm B52 and drops the 90mm length.
KORE ends production of the Lite stem and Elite Speed rim.
A well-known BMX supplier goes under and KORE takes over their line that includes numerous jumping oriented products.
KORE's new BMX products include the B'atch post, Speed Hoop rims, the B1B BMX stem, Pistole tensioners and Satellite hubs. KORE begins testing Scandium seat post tubes.
KORE replaces the Lite 3D with the lighter weight Lite Forged stem and replaces the Lite Road stem with the removable faceplate Road 2. The Lite 2 mountain bar is introduced, as are the Freeride and Xcountry rise bars, the Strictly-D welded rise bar, the B1B downhill stem and the Platform pedals. Towards the end of the year, Hoochie hubs, Bigguns hubs and the Sweet 69 stem replace the Satellite hubs and B1B stem. Other new BMX products include 24-inch Speed Hoop rims, stainless steel tensioners and disc brake mounts for BMX frames. Towards the end of the year KORE introduces the Elite and Lite road handlebars. KORE begins production of the Elite Scandium seat post while stopping production of the GASS clipless pedals.
KORE moves to a new facility in Tustin, California. KORE hires Active Sports Products (ASP - Killer Service!) to assist with sales and marketing in Europe, Russia, Africa and the Middle East.
KORE hires ProNet as agent for North America, Latin America, South Pacific and all of Asia. KORE discontinues production of Double D riser bar, B'atch post, Race Road stem and apparel.
KORE switches focus to concentrate on mass produced OEM-oriented components. Perhaps a controversial move, KORE never the less gains valuable experience working with various high quality Asian vendors who will prove valuable allies in the future.
KORE launches the Kockpit carbon handlebar for the road as well as several new wheelsets, and a new graphic direction for Elite components.
Realizing that the old adage "innovate or die" is true, KORE hires Lance Bohlen, a 20-year industry veteran with a history of bringing to production many innovative products with such well-known brands as Specialized, Rocky Mountain, Schwinn and Decathlon. Production of all KORE products except platform pedals, chain tensioners BMX hubs / wheelsets and Chain Reactors is halted.
KORE introduces a completely re-vamped product line including highly acclaimed I-Beam compatible seatposts and saddles, all-in-one hubs that revolutionize disc rotor mounting, the KIS integrated headset, spacer, stem and top cap system, a series of Mavic UST certified tubeless wheel sets, all new stems and handlebars, and the revolutionary Palmster road bar grip. Late in the year, KORE signs Michal Prokop: World Champion 4X racer and Beijing Olympic BMX medalist hopeful to a 3-year racing and product development contract.